Showing posts with label vancouver. Show all posts
Showing posts with label vancouver. Show all posts

Foodie Review: Sushimoto

We've always gone to Sushi Town or Sushi Garden and wanted to try something new.  So we went on Urbanspoon to look for a new sushi place and found Sushimoto.  We went here on a Saturday and it was full but not as crazy as Sushi Town or Sushi Garden.  Similar to the other two, Sushimoto is also operated by Koreans and their dishes were similar.

I also tried to reserve a spot for dinner at 6pm and all the available reservation spots were booked.  We had to do walk-in, but it only took about 5 mins to get our seats.

The decoration in the restaurant was pretty unique, they have decorated with lots of figurines and Japanese decorations.

We were four people so we ordered two special rolls (vegas and volcano), a deluxe assorted sashimi, seared tai flower and a tempura udon to share.

We were not too impressed with the special rolls because it tasted somewhat similar (same sauce?) and didn't have much of a distinct taste of anything.  The rolls were also pretty loose and everything fell out and hard to grab.

The sashmi was fresh and was nicely defrosted.  It was perfect for four people since everything was in portions of four except for the shrimp.  The shrimp was also fresh - it was spot prawns - maybe they were in season ?  The waitress offered to also tempura the spot prawn heads for free. 

The seared tai flower was tasty.  It was in a bath of ponzu and the flavour was perfect.  The texture of the seared tai was great because it wasn't too slimy.

The udon was like any other place and had good portions of tempura shrimp.

Overall, the restaurant was just average for us.  If you want value, sushi town and sushi garden is still the place to be.  Their portions are bigger tastes just a slightly better.  We thought the slices of sashimi we had at sushimoto would be a bit thicker, but it seems like their slices are a bit thinner than what you would expect at sushi town or sushi garden.

Sushimoto 鮨元 on Urbanspoon

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Foodie Review: Sardine Can

Mr Frugal really likes Spanish food, so we decided to visit Sardine Can to try out their tapas.  We've heard good things about this place, but also acknowledge that this place can get expensive.  But since we decided to have an early dinner, it was a great place to grab some tapas!

Sardine Can on Urbanspoon

This place is a pretty small place, but is packed with good food.  

We ordered:

Tostas de Sardinas: Smoked Sardine on Toast

 Estufado de pulpo Octopus, potato and chorizo casserole


We really enjoyed the food that was there.  We were actually pretty full from our order.  

The Octopus, potato and chorizo casserole was our favourite.  It was cooked perfectly and had a good kick from the chorizo.  

The Paella was amazing! For the tapa sized Paella, it was packed with some good and BIG juicy seafood - as you can see from our picture - the prawn was huge!  High quality seafood for sure.  The unusual thing about this dish is that it's a bit drier than that you would expect compared to a traditional Paella.  Despite that, it was a pretty good dish!

Overall, we really enjoyed this nice little place.  It was tasty and we'll definitely come back for another visit.

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Foodie Reviews: Mr Red Cafe

Mr. Red Cafe on Urbanspoon

This place first caught our eye because it claims to be the "quintessence" of Vietnamese food.  That is a bold claim to have, so we decided to try for ourselves!

The exterior of the cafe is interesting because it looks a bit ghetto with red lettering all over the place ( i guess to be consistent with the cafe name?) , but the inside is very nicely decorated.  We were greeted promptly by the server and had very good service.

The menu had some very authentic and unique Vietnamese food, some that you can't find at other "Pho" places since most Vietnamese restaurants' specialty is just Pho.  We decided to try something new and ordered a platter of sliced pork hoc with deep fried tofu with shrimp paste and a Bun bo hue (pho) to try.

The platter was authentic, though bland.  People that are not Vietnamese might not know how to eat it/ assemble it.  This dish was pretty minimalistic.  It doesn't really hit the spot.  It can be described as a normal home cooked dish in the countryside.

The Bun bo hue (pho) we ordered was of decent size, and somewhat different from other Bun bo hue (pho) we've had.  This is because their soup base is a bit different, not like the shrimp paste based we're used to (thicker broth).  This has a clearer broth and doesn't have any pork hoc in it.  It was a tasty dish over all.

Over all, we recommend this place if you want to try something new, but it's not your usually Pho joints.

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Vancouver Craft Brewery Guide

In recent years, Vancouver has become one of the well-known craft brewery cities.  Much like Portland, we not have a big hipster community and along with that, comes all the cool craft breweries - with affordable tasty beer!

We have been enjoying our  new affordable hangouts and here are a few that we've tried recently:

2$ sampler, 7$ flight 4.5$ glasses
framboise noir: nice thick raspberry texture, light alcohol taste, very refreshing
hefeweizen: not your usual diluted hefeweizen. This one was quite thick and strong taste, refreshing wheat flavor
middle drink, not super memorable
IPA: as usual, hoppy

ultimate lowest price, 1$ samplers, 3$ glass
tried porter, grapefruit, IPA, geezer, pilsner
nothing was extra spectacular, the IPA was the usual hoppy IPA taste, the pilsner was a normal budweiser style taste, the porter and geezer had a nice levels of coffee flavor. The grapefruit beer was not intensely grapefruity but had the aroma

IPA and porter
IPA was the usual hoppy IPA

3$ glass
had tastes, IPA and stout

stronger hoppy IPA, stout was nice and thick

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Get 50% off or 2 for 1 when you eat out in Vancouver, BC !

Product Review of Brooklyn Olde Lantern

BiteBC Vancouver

Just found this awesome app that for all the people that eat out in Vancouver ! As a young working couple, we know how hard it is to cook sometimes..and then our solution would be eat out all the time..but that also takes a toll on our bank account - that's why we always look out for deals in the city, but sometimes they just end up being pub food.  With this app we are hopeful that it will help us find other affordable restaurants !

We got a chance to ask BiteBC a few questions :

What is BiteBC?

Bite BC is a diners members club in the form of a new mobile app that allows you to enjoy 50% discounts (or 2 for 1 meals) at restaurants in Vancouver – all year, an unlimited number of times.

What's the story behind it?

As a company, Bite BC’s mission is to not only help restaurant guests save money, but also to help support local restaurant businesses by encouraging people to dine out more and enjoy more of what Vancouver has to offer. It’s a win-win situation!

How does this save me money?

Here’s how it works: after downloading the Bite BC app, you instantly become part of a large-scale diners club that allows you to locate all participating restaurants and bars, all through the app. Within a matter of taps, you can then make a booking and enjoy delicious food for half the price.Unlike with coupon competitors, Bite BC can be used almost any day of the year, as many times as you want. If you’ve fallen in love with a meal or enjoy treating your friends, you can enjoy those discounts without an expiration date or rushed “one time only” kind of deal.

How much does it cost?

a 3 month trial is free after which you can choose to purchase a 6 month ($29) or 12 month ($49) membership

Download the App !

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Foodie Review - PiDGiN

" Stylish restaurant offering creative, French-influenced takes on Asian cuisine plus craft cocktails." 
PiDGin on Urbanspoon

We went to this place for DineOut Vancouver and was really impressed with the way they ran DineOut.  Usually restaurants want you to choose one appetizer, entree and dessert from their menu, but at PiDGiN, they have a preset menu where you can try an array of food - which I think what DineOut should be!

My favourite dishes were:

  • tuna, smoked yolk puree, shishito pear salsa

Clean and naturally flavoured.  Really enjoyed the freshness of this dish

  • soft shell crab, bouillabaisse, octopus chips

the soft shell crab was AMAZING.  Full of flavour and meaty.  Every item in this dish really captured the essence of the sea !

  • beef striploin, lobster bisque cabbage, pickled shimeji

Perfectly grilled beef striploin with a hit of charred flavour.  Prefect meat to fat ratio.

  • shishito peppers, parmesan, pine nuts 

Aroma of the peppers really came through from the grilling.  A dish that really surprised me with its flavour.

  • “dan dan” kohlrabi noodle salad, tofu, almonds

Although this was a vegetarian dish, it still had a lot of flavour and really mastered the taste of the real dan dan noodles.






VALUE: *** Average *** - Their food portion is small, so beware that if you have a large group or if you have a big appetite, it might not be the place for you !

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Foodie Review - Cafe Salade de Fruits

This place is a hidden gem!  It’s tucked away in the French Cultural center where it’s a very fitting place for the restaurant.   I’ve been here twice and it never disappoints, but you should book ahead as they’re always busy!

Café Salade de Fruits on UrbanspoonMy recommendation is to get their mussels…and with fries (there’s an option for salad)!  Their mussels are the juiciest you’ll ever have and their fries are done to perfection – thin and crispy.  Did I also mention that you’ll also get the biggest portion of mussels you’ll ever see ??

I’ve always gone during dinner service, having a dish per person gets me super full.  If you’re looking for more value, you can also go during lunch hour, where you can enjoy the same food for cheaper.

They also have weekly specials (table d’hote) which is a set menu that comes with an appy and dessert.  The weekly specials are also not set, so check back for new items!

The last time I had the grilled meat combo, and everything was really well made.  The shrimp was super juicy, the salmon was cooked perfectly and not fishy, and their steak was really tender.  I had no complaints !

Value: Awesome!   You get high quality food for a reasonable price.  A really homey place to eat at. **reminder that this place only takes cash !**
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Foodie Review - Waffle Bant - Robson

Waffle Bant on Urbanspoon

Recently stumbledupon this little waffle places when I ventured out to the far end of Robson Street by Vancouver Library.  This place should be pretty new since they were doing some fix-ups when I was there.  Turns out, the Waffle Bant is a franchise store, so quality of the waffles shouldn't be too bad.  If you're looking for specific information for the Robson Shop details can found on their Facbook Page.

We ended up having an original waffle with ice cream, which came out to around $6, which is pretty standard for a waffle around here.  The texture of the waffle was just the way I liked it - liege.  They also have lots of specialty waffles (meal size) that are a bit more expensive, but looks like a good portion.  One thing that I found thing place attractive other than their waffles was their operating hours.  Lots of places don't open til 12 am here, but if you plan on staying out late, and don't want to go to another bubble tea shop, this might be a good place to hang out.
Monday - Thursday//7:00am-10:00pm

Friday - Saturday//7:00am-12:00am


Value: Average - it has good waffles for a normal price range.  One plus side is the long opening hours.

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How to shop Frugally - Consignment Shops in Vancouver

If you're a bargain hunter, then consignment stores are just the thing for you....just as it is for me !  You can usually find lightly used (and still fashionable) items at a consignment store. The difference between a consignment store is that they usually have higher end items and that they usually go through a more thorough selection process before they put it out for sale.

If you're ready to upgrade your wardrobe and save some money, here are some consignment stores in Vancouver.

Fab Finds

Facebook4380 Hastings Street
Burnaby, British Columbia
(604) 563-0503

HOB Hospice Opportunity Boutique

Website (facebook)
4253-4255 Dunbar St.
Vancouver, British Columbia
(604) 733-1412

Act II Boutique

2599 West 16th Avenue
Vancouver, British Columbia
(604) 733-5515

C'Est La Vie

3247 Main St
Vancouver, British Columbia
(604) 876-2284

Community Thrift & Vintage (Menswear & Unisex Apparel)

Online Shop
41 West Cordova Street
Vancouver, British Columbia

Community Thrift & Vintage (The Frock Shoppe - Ladies & Jewelry)

Online Shop
311 Carrall Street
Vancouver, British Columbia

Wildlife Thrift Store

1295 Granville St
Vancouver, British Columbia

Vancouver Prestige Consignment Store Once Again Resale

# 2 1874 West 1st Avenue
Vancouver, British Columbia
(604) 805-6688

Still Fabulous Thrift Shop

4355 Main Street,
Vancouver, British Columbia
(604) 566-9136

Mine & Yours

1060 Hornby Street
Vancouver, British Columbia
(604) 620-8885

Turnabout Clothing

3112 West Broadway
Vancouver, British Columbia (and various locations)

(604) 731-7762

Front & Company

3772 Main Street, Vancouver
(604) 879-8431
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Happy Hour Vancouver 2015

Looking for a cheap night out in Vancouver? As a frugal couple, the best time to try new restaurants and enjoy a good meal is during happy hours.  We've compiled a list of to try this year! (Check back often as we find more to share with you !)

1. Ebisu on Robson

Ebisu on Robson on Urbanspoon

When: Daily 3-6 PM

What: Oysters, chicken wings, beer

Happy hour menu : Link

Restaurant Link: Link

2. Coast

Coast Restaurant on Urbanspoon

When: Daily 3-6 PM

What: $5 drinks and lots of food

Happy Hour Menu: Link

Restaurant Link: Link

3. Gyu-Kaku

Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ on Urbanspoon

When: Monday all day, Everyday 11:30AM–6PM, Sun-Thurs 9-10:30 PM, Fri and Sat 9:30-11:30

Restaurant Link: Link

4. Rodney's Oyster House

Rodney's Oyster House on Urbanspoon

When: Mon-Sat 3pm-6pm

What: Oysters

Restaurant Link: Link

5. Joe Fortes Seafood and Chop House

Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House on Urbanspoon

When: Daily 4-6 PM

What: Food, wine, beer

Happy Hour Menu: Link

Restaurant Link: Link

6. The Keg

The Keg Steakhouse + Bar on Urbanspoon

When: 4-6pm Monday – Friday

Happy Hour Menu: Link

Restaurant Link: Link

7. Catch 122

Catch 122 Cafe Bistro on Urbanspoon
When: Tuesday - Saturday 4 pm – 6 pm

What: Food and cocktails

Happy Hour Menu: Link

Restaurant Link: Link

8. Tomokazu

Tomokazu Japanese Restaurant 友和日本料理 on Urbanspoon

When: 4:30pm - 6pm

Restaurant Link: Link

9. Cardero's

Cardero's Restaurant on Urbanspoon

When: Monday - Friday 3 - 6pm

What: Mussels and beer

Restaurant Link: Link

10. Black + Blue

Black + Blue on Urbanspoon

When: 3-6 PM daily

Happy Hour Menu: Link

Restaurant Link: Link

11. Alpha Global Sushi and Bar

Alpha Sushi Bar on Urbanspoon

When: Mon-Fri 5-6:30 PM, Sat-Sun 4-6:30 PM, Daily 9:30 PM - Close

Restaurant Link: Link

12. Kingston Taphouse and Grille

Kingston Taphouse & Grille on Urbanspoon

When: 4-7 PM daily

What:Appetizers and drinks

Happy Hour Menu: Link

Restaurant Link: Link

13. The Pint

The Pint Public House on Urbanspoon

When: Daily 3-6 PM

What: Pints and chicken wings

Restaurant Link: Link

14. Back Forty

Back Forty on Urbanspoon

Check Facebook for updates: Updates (No Menu)

15. Boathouse Restaurant

Boathouse on Urbanspoon

When: 3-6 PM daily

What: Oysters, food, all types of drinks

Happy Hour Menu: Link

Restaurant Link: Link

16. Cactus Club Café

Cactus Club Cafe on Urbanspoon
When: Daily 9 PM - Close

What: Drinks starting at $3

Restaurant Link: Link

17. Earls

Earls Kitchen + Bar on Urbanspoon
When: 3-6 PM daily

What: Food and $3-4 drinks

Happy Hour Menu: Link

Restaurant Link: Link

18. Browns Social House

Browns Socialhouse on Urbanspoon

When: 3-6 PM daily; Sunday and Monday

What: Wings + Dry Ribs $7 ; All pizzas $9

Restaurant Link: Link

Did we missed some ? Let us know in the comment below !

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